Mobile Phone Challenge: Target Hope


Target Hope, a community service and mentorship/leadership program, would like to make students aware of the opportunities and resources offered on the Mizzou campus. Vice Pres. Danielle Pollard says the resources on campus are underutilized.

“I am basically the presidents right hand man,” Pollard said. “[The President and I] go to an elementary school called Gentry and mentor students. We also focus on making students aware of resources on the Mizzou campus, such as: ARS, Counseling Center and Women’s Center.”

Target Hope wants students to have easy access to their organization. Their twitter can be found at @targethope_mu.

For my regular readers: This was a mobile phone challenge where I could only use my phone to publish, gather media, etc for this blog. My normal blog post will be posted at the end of this week. Thanks!


</3 Monday


Monday is probably the word most apathetically used in modern society. However, Monday can be a day to set the tone for the rest of the week! Photo by nhussien


     It’s probably the word used most apathetically in the free world. After an extravagant weekend away from “the struggle,” Monday loves to remind us that it starts all over again. However, the day can also be a time to start over, to try something new, to celebrate, to be grateful. Research suggest that a person’s attitude on Monday will set the tone for the rest of their week. In knowledge of that, here is a little something to get your week started in the best way.



A Kiss: Not Just A Kiss


According to psychologist, a kiss is not just a kiss. Humans use kissing to pass along critical information, and to maintain relationships. Photo by Lori Greig.

The smooch, peck and kiss.

According to research, a kiss is not just a kiss. In an NPR article “What Humans Can Learn From A Simple Kiss,” psychologist say we kiss beyond reason of just pure arousal. Humans kiss for two reasons. 1.) We kiss to assess potential mates and 2.) To maintain attachment.

Whether consciously processing it or not, kissing allows humans to get close enough to their partner to gauge characteristics of them. Kissing passes across important information.  Part of the information is processed through chemical signals called pheromones, and those signals can allow us to even determine the immune system compatibility of a mate. Other information is also passed across through confidence in body language. Moreover, kissing can determine the healthiness of a relationship more than sex. Partners who kiss more often can expect to be together longer. However, men and women value kissing for different reasons.

Men use kissing as a tool for arousal before the initiation of sex. Women, on the other hand, use kissing after sex as a relationship maintenance function. Women also rate kissing more importantly than men. More likely than men, women feel a change in attraction after the first kiss.

The article did not take into account cultural uses of the kiss, such as greeting others. Here is the article!!:


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Disparities in LGBT Healthcare


The individual to the left could be heterosexual, homosexual or transgender and prone to a number of health risks. According to one study, doctors can be unaware due to simply not asking questions. Photo by hang_in_there.

     The average reported hours dedicated to LGBT health education content: 5.

     LGBT individuals experience health care disparities. Medical students across the country learn insufficient knowledge about gay, lesbian or transgender issues in medical school. A study published from The Journal of the American Medical Association showed that across age groups doctors continue to make oversights when caring for LGBT patients–which is problematic when a person may not feel comfortable disclosing their sexual or gender identity.

According to the study, LGBT individuals have specific health care needs related to chronic disease risk, adolescent and adult mental health, relationship violence, transmitted infections and more, as compared to heterosexual peers. A 2011 Institute of Medicine report also noted that LGBT people face the full range of medical issues as the rest of society, but they also face additional health risks due to social stigma. The study noted that the depth of LGBT health related curricula is somewhat unknown; however, researchers found on average the most was 5 hours. And the curricula was focused more on sexual behavior and infections.

This curriculum largely ignores that complex health issues LGBT individuals often face. The lack of education can put an individual in a decision of whether or not they can see their doctor. And if the person does decided to see a doctor, it can often be met with stress and fear. However, the government and medical schools have recognized these disparities according to several reports, and are said to be making initiatives to address these issues.

The study also noted specifically how some medical professionals are uncomfortable dealing with gay patients, sexual topics, and more. Here is the study:

End the Wheezes


Snoring occurs more often with men, overweight people, and tends to increase in frequency with age. Photo by moarplease

     As reported by BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) Health, one of the loudest sounds a human can make is snoring. Snoring is a result of blocked air passages in our nose or throat. Air blockage can occur from sleeping at the wrong angle or taking too many relaxants before bed–for example, going to bed tipsy. It occurs more frequently to men, overweight people, and tends to worsen with age. There are serious health risks.

     For example, snoring can increase your risk of cardiovascular disease. Obstructive sleep apnea can result in high blood pressure and an overall expansion of the heart; however, other research does suggest that there is no correlation.  Furthermore, snoring can prevent breathing for several minutes possibly leading to a poor nights sleep decreasing the quality of your life. Researchers have yet to discover all health risks associated with snoring but people are not helpless to the unconscious act of snoring.


The physiology of the heart is changed after continuous snoring. Snoring can lead to high blood pressure and an overall expansion of the heart. Photo by brick red.

Simple lifestyle changes can help end the wheezles.

Maintaining a healthy weight, for instance, can help. Develop a healthy diet and exercise. Avoid alcohol close to bedtime. Alcohol increases the likelihood of snoring because it can relax the muscles in the throat. Prevent sleeping on your side. Make the difficult decision to quit smoking.

If snoring continues to be an issue, it is important to see a doctor.

     Here is the article “How and why do we snore?” from BBC Health:

A World of Sign: Greater Columbia Association Deaf Picnic


The Greater Columbia Association for the Deaf Picnic was hosted at the Rock Quarry Park in Columbia, Mo, Sept. 21, 2013. Child is being held by his father as they wait to get food. Photo By Berkeley Lovelace

      This weekend I had the pleasure to attend the Greater Columbia Association for the Deaf Picnic at Rock Quarry Park in  Columbia, Missouri, Sept. 21, 2013. The day was filled with sign language, laughter, food and fun.  I met several individuals with unique backgrounds. I will let the photos tell you the story. Here is a sneak peak of my experience! All photos were taken by myself: Berkeley Lovelace.




3 Reasons to Smile


Smiling is contagious! When you see others smile there is reaction in the brain that makes you want to smile as well. Photo by Daniel Y. Go.

     Since my last two posts have been on the more serious side, I thought I’d lift the mood a bit!

     They say it takes less muscles to smile than it does to frown. Well, believe it or not, smiling has other benefits. Smiling has a positive mind-body connection that can trigger bodily functions related to happiness and bliss, as well as, increase the quality of your social life. Actually, smiling is an infectious act! Research shows that when others see a smile it causes a reaction in the brain to make the same expression. Furthermore, the act of smiling releases feel good chemicals in the brain that will reduce stress, and, overall, keep you alive longer. So, how often do you smile?


     I thought I would give you three reasons to smile, today:

     (P.S. I own no rights to these videos. I made sure to post the names of the channels of the videos I got these from).

1. Military Father Surprises Daughter at Competition (Video From: AmericaVideoMontage)

2. Lion love! (Video From: African Dreams)

3. Random acts of kindness (Video From: SunriseOn7)

      After this blog post take a mental note on how much you smile in day. If you realize there is room for improvement make a few changes.

The Key to Stress Reduction


Stress can have extensive effects on your body. By practicing coping strategies, an individual is better able to deal with life’s obstacles. Photo by DeathByBokeh

  Exam. Paper. Final.

  When an experienced college student hears these words the reaction is usually followed by a physical response of fear, anxiety, stress and an overall tightening of the chest. According to an article from the BBC News, those frequently exposed to trying situations are more like to suffer from memory loss, show aggression to peers or be at risk for heart issues. However, college students don’t have to fall victim to life’s onrush. Research suggests that practicing a number of coping strategies will decrease the effects of stress and anxiety. Furthermore, individuals who consistently practice these strategies are better able to deal with mishaps throughout their entire lives.

Here are a few coping strategies I came upon:

1. Start a Journal


Starting a journal can keep your stress under control. Keep a log of daily events. Photo by Curt Fleenor Photography

   A journal can help classify the everyday stressors in your life and how you handle them. Each time you feel stressed jot it down in the journal. Overtime, you may see patterns in yourself that may need to be altered.

2. Exercise Regularly


Exercise is known to release feel good chemicals in the body. Furthermore, aerobic exercise can release built up tension. Photo by jpo.ct

   Exercise is known to have a multitude of benefits, and, nevertheless, stress reduction is one of them. Make time for exercise at least three times a week for at least 30 minutes. Go for a walk. Take a swim. Get your heart pumping.

3. Reduce Priorities


Make a priority to complete a select few things each day. Prioritizing responsibilities will leave you more time for yourself. Photo by Kylesteed

   Especially for college students reducing priorities in life can be a tough one. With exams, papers, homework assignments and possibly a part-time job, picking and choosing what’s important at the time can seem impractical. But, by diminishing tasks individuals will have opportunities to stay present which is known to reduce stress and anxiety.

4. Reduce Caffeine and Sugar


Water is great alternative to drinking coffee. It is known to hydrate the body, as well as, other health benefits. Photo by mbettik

   A coffee can be any students “pick me up” for the day, but it can also have harmful side effects. For some individuals, caffeine and sugar can produce chemical changes in the brain that result in feeling anxious.

5. Relax


Relaxation is key to stress reduction. Find time in your day to do thing you enjoy! Photo by Joi

   Set aside time in the day to recharge. Connect with friends. Do something you enjoy. Take a break from all your responsibilities.